CIMR Debates in Public Policy: Summer 2024 calendar


Join us for our ongoing series of highly successful online lunchtime seminars, which will continue into the Summer term of 2024 with an engaging lineup of events.

Esteemed scholars and practitioners will share insights on contemporary economic, innovation, and policy matters.

Don’t miss the opportunity to interact and respond to their ideas, reserve your spot for the upcoming events by registering at the provided links below.

Wednesday 24th April, 10:00 – 15:15, Joint Workshop: Skills for Innovation (Hybrid)

At the heart of every innovation lies a collective effort to bridge gaps, leverage insights, and cultivate skills. Recognizing this ethos, the Centre for Innovation Management (CIMR) is have co-organised an event ‘Skills for Innovation Workshop‘ in collaboration with City-REDI, University of Birmingham, and the IRC.

Follow this link to sign up to the event: Join the guestlist – Skills for Innovation Workshop – Zoom, Wed 24 Apr 2024 10:00 AM – 3:15 PM (

Tuesday 14th May, 13:00 – 14:30, Sustainable Innovation and Digitalisation Workshop (Online – CIMR Debate in Public Policy)

The workshop aims to extend our understanding of sustainable innovation by exploring the practices that support sustainable innovation, highlighting in particular the role of digital technologies (such as AI, blockchain, quantum computing) in support of sustainable innovation. The workshop brings together researchers from Birkbeck, Kogod, Vaasa and UIC in order to develop a debate around topics of common interest, laying the ground for further collaborations between the partners.


13:00 – 14:00 – Chair: Dr. David Bartlett (Kogod School of Business)

  • Saverio Romeo (Birkbeck, University of London) “Digital Technologies and Sustainability: A Challenging Relationship”
  • Muthu de Silva (Birkbeck, University of London) and Brett Anitra Gilbert (Kogod Business School) “Gone, but not forgotten: emigrants and the co-creation of sustainable social innovations for origin countries”
  • Taha Anis, Sanna Kumpulainen & Johanna Hautala (University of Vaasa) “Perceived sustainability in remote knowledge working with advanced information technologies”

14:00-14:30 Final discussion (30 mins) – Panel: Helen Lawton Smith, Jouni Juntunen, Tomasz Mroczkowski, Muthu de Silva, Federica Rossi

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Friday 7th June, 10:00 – 15:30, Joint Exploratory Workshop: Emerging Technologies for Effective Teaching, Assessment and Research (In-person)

Venue: Room 2.06A, University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, 4–12 Little Titchfield St, London W1W 7BY (Google Maps)

Description: Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are at the cutting edge of 21st-century innovation. They promise to revolutionise teaching, assessment, and research, maximising effectiveness and impact. Yet, the use of AI/ML algorithms raises a plethora of moral issues around exclusion and challenges fundamental values of fairness, privacy, and autonomy. This workshop will explore how to effectively utilise emerging technologies for teaching, assessment, and research while promoting inclusion and avoiding algorithmic oppression, coloniality, bias, domination, and hierarchies.

If you would like to present your ideas at the workshop, please email the title of your presentation to Dr Thanos Fragkandreas ( ) by May 31st.

Find here the full workshop programme and the registration form:

Wednesday 12th June, 13:00-14:00, Importance of interdisciplinary research for knowledge exchange in universities: An organizational perspective (Online – CIMR debates in Public Policy)

Presenters: Marianna Marra and Abhijit Sengupta

Discussant: Daniele Rotolo (University of Sussex)

Chair: Federica Rossi


This paper explores the organization level relationship between multiple dimensions of interdisciplinary research (IDR) and multiple knowledge exchange outcomes (KE) in universities, with emphasis on the university’s internal and external research impact environments as the boundary conditions on the relationships. While existing research suggests that, despite the high risks of failure, IDR leads to better KE outcomes in individual researchers, we find this relationship for universities as a whole, to be far more complex, multifaceted, and contextualized on the research environment. Our findings are based on a large sample of research active UK universities over 14-year period (2008-2022), with research outputs in 12 major science and social science disciplines, and measures IDR across multiple dimensions of variety, balance and disparity. We find that for KE as a whole, the balance and disparity related characteristics of IDR have greater impact than the overall variety. Academic engagement channels of knowledge exchange are more reactive to IDR, whereas the commercialization channel less so. Within academic engagement, collaborative research shows a positive relationship with the variety dimension, whereas the impact on contract research can be positive or negative depending on the dimension of IDR being considered. These relationships are conditioned on the “impact focus” internally within the university, as well as in the overall external environment. Interestingly, when the university’s internal and external research environments are more aligned towards research impact, IDR shows an unambiguous positive relationship with both contractual and commercialization channels, specifically when the disparity among disciplines being combined is high.

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Wednesday 19th June, 13:00 – 14:00, Demand side public policy for innovation (Hybrid – CIMR debates in Public Policy)

This workshop focuses on the role public administration at EU level in fostering of PPC and PPI to face the challenges concerning the climate change particularly the biodiversity loss. The goal is to provide some characteristic dimensions of these measures for providing useful insights to promote policies that can address the grand challenges related to the issue of biodiversity.

Chair: Dr. Marion Frenz, Birkbeck CIMR

Speaker: Dr. Fabrizio Tuzi – senior researcher at Institute on Regional Studies – Italian National Research Council


  • Prof.  Daniele Archibugi, Birkbeck, CIMR
  • Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, CIMR

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